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Christmas Popcorn Recipes: Caramel and Flavored Popcorn, Gourmet Gift Tin Ideas, and More

Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

Popcorn is a wonderful snack or dessert that is easy to make for Christmas gifts as well as Christmas parties. The next time you are hosting an event or looking for a simple gift to give, consider caramel popcorn, seasonally flavored popcorn (i.e. peppermint), or popcorn balls. Don't forget to package it in a holiday tin or other festive packaging. Have a great holiday!

 Ingredient Options 


Corn Syrup

Regular Jello

Vanilla Extract


Brown Sugar


Crushed Candy Canes

Peppermint Extract

Chopped Mini Candy Bars

Chocolate Chips

Peanut Butter

Crushed Cookies


Candy Melts

There are a wide variety of holiday specific popcorn recipes out there. Of course you don't need to feel limited to these as there are lots of other popcorn options, too. However, you'll have plenty to choose from without going elsewhere. Once you have grown comfortable with preparing popcorn desserts and snacks, you'll be able to start customizing them to make them truly your own. Consider experimenting with different options from the ingredients list on the right.

Christmas Popcorn Recipes

How to Make Caramel Popcorn at Home

Popcorn Gift Ideas

Now that you've made your popcorn, if you'll be giving it as gifts, it's time to package it. There is nothing wrong with keeping it simple. A cellophane bag with a Christmas gift tag will go a long way. I've also included some free printables and other packaging ideas.

Microwave Popcorn Gift Sleeves

Popcorn bag from Garrett Popcorn Shops.

Popcorn bag from Garrett Popcorn Shops.

Great Places to Buy Gourmet Popcorn

  • Garrett Popcorn Shops. Garrett has been a Chicago tradition since 1949. They also have New York and Las Vegas locations as well as six international locations. Shop online for Chicago items, seasonal merchandise, and goodies for weddings and corporate events.
  • Popcornopolis. Shop at 13 locations around the country or order online. They offer seasonal products, popcorn tins, and gourmet gift baskets.
  • Pop-Kies. Shop one of the largest selections of popcorn flavors that you'll find anywhere with over 40 different selections.
  • Poptions. This is another place to find a wide selection of unique popcorn flavors. They offer lots of single and 3 way tin options.

Holiday Popcorn Tins

More gift ideas from the author.

© 2012 Rose Clearfield


Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 12, 2012:

Yes, for sure! That's great.

Thanks! I didn't put that up specifically for the holidays, but it is very fitting for them.

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RTalloni on December 12, 2012:

Who knew that popcorn was so versatile?! I'm going to enjoy going through these links very much.

BTW, your holiday profile page background rules! Love it!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 11, 2012:

Thanks, Denise! This was a fairly time intensive article to put together, but I think that it will be a great resource for a lot of people.

I was searching for videos about making gift popcorn tins, but I found that random video instead!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on December 10, 2012:

I'm so glad someone wrote a hub about variations of popcorn as a gift. I was thinking of it and heck, it was too much trouble. You've done a great job with the info here, Rose. I love to give the 'popcorn tin' as a gift and just recently walked through the store racking my brain as to WHO I could send it to, ha ha. Well, maybe Santa will deliver one to our address!

Loved it-rated UP/I/U/A and where in the heck did you find that very,very bizarre video about the popcorn tin? Freekobrothers for sure! lol

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 04, 2012:

That's great, Prasetio! Take care.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 04, 2012:

It sound delicious. Thanks for writing the list and I'll check some of them. Have a good day. Voted up and YUMMY!!!!!

Best wishes, Prasetio

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 29, 2012:

Thanks, Jamie, Om, tlpoague, and indian cooking! I'm glad that so many of these popcorn ideas are so popular.

Sonia Sood from Mumbai on November 29, 2012:

LOve Caramel Popcorn!

Tammy on November 29, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this list of different popcorn. I have been checking out ideas for gifts. These would be perfect. I can't wait to make some.

Om Paramapoonya on November 29, 2012:

Sweet! Thanks for these awesome lists of popcorn recipes and gift ideas. The gingerbread popcorn and popcorn cake sound super enticing to me =D

Jamie Brock from Texas on November 29, 2012:

Thank you for sharing all of these awesome popcorn links.. I forget how popular popcorn is for Christmas.. great hub :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 29, 2012:

vespawoolf, yep, you have pretty much every option that you'd need here for homemade or store bought popcorn gifts! You're absolutely right about the caramel popcorn. Enjoy. :)

Thanks so much, Lilley! That sounds like a great popcorn store.

Suzanne Sheffield from Mid-Atlantic on November 29, 2012:

Wow! What an awesome hub! I LOVE caramel corn. When I was growing up there was a business in Fenwick Island, DE called Fisher's Popcorn which became a landmark because their popcorn was so fabulous.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 29, 2012:

This is a very thorough hub. Now we can either buy popcorn or make and wrap it for gifts! Looking down the list, I plan to try the salted caramel almond pretzel. It's easy to carmelize sugar and then it's just a matter of adding the marshmallows and other ingredients. Sounds delicious and simple! Thanks so much for another useful and creative hub.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 28, 2012:

That's great, alifeofdesign! I'm with you on the sweet-salty combination.

Graham Gifford from New Hamphire on November 28, 2012:

Salted caramel popcorn is one of my favorites! The whole sweet-salty-thing ;) Great hub for this time of year.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 28, 2012:

Thanks, Adrienne, Susan, Carol, and Thelma! I'm glad that so many of these recipes will go to good use.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on November 28, 2012:

Wow! Popcorn in many ways. I will surely try some of them especially the caramel popcorn. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and more.

carol stanley from Arizona on November 28, 2012:

Now we have a million popcorn ideas. Most people seem to love popcorn in any flavor. Thanks for sharing and I will do the same, plus voting Up+++

susanm23b on November 28, 2012:

What a fun collection! My family loves popcorn and will definitely be trying some of these great recipes. Thanks so much for putting this all together for us :) Voted up!

Fierce Manson from Atlanta on November 27, 2012:

OMG what a wonderful hub of popcorn recipes. Thanks Random! Now I can make my own batch, and it is easy. The video is great. Voted up, and will be bookmarking.

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